We all love the sight of children laughing, playing and exploring the world with wide-eyed innocence. We want to love them, care for them and protect them. In fact, it is hard to imagine that someone would intentionally hurt a child. Yet, with each passing year, countless children are abused all over the world.
Child abuse means causing serious physical, sexual and emotional harm to a child. It can affect a child physically and emotionally in various ways. According to an article published by Mayo Clinic in 2015, a child who is being abused or has been abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused and will be afraid to report the incident. Therefore, it is very important to watch out for red flags, such as:
- Withdrawal from friends or other activities
- Aggression, anger or behavioural changes
- Depression, anxiety or sudden loss of self-confidence
- Frequent absence from school or reluctance to attend school
- Attempts at running away
- Rebellious or defiant behaviour
Preventchildabusehawaii.org in their article, '10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse', has listed various ways to prevent child abuse. Some of them are being a nurturing parent, respecting children, helping to establish parenting groups in the community, and organising programmes in schools to teach prevention strategies to teachers, students and parents.
You can also read the article 'Child Sexual Abuse – Prevention and Care' to know more about child sexual abuse.
Remember, child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Flip through the pages of this ClipBook to learn more.
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